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I have dry, itchy, cracked skin, and thickened heels on my feet. I have dark toenails & fungus for over twenty years. How can I get rid of this?

I have dry, itchy, cracked skin, and thickened heels on my feet. I have dark toenails & fungus for over twenty years. How can I get rid of this?

Evaluation: Sounds like you have a fungal infection. Would be good idea to be evaluated as there is medication available for all of these conditions. A physician may also need to perform a biopsy or culture as well. ...Read more

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How do I cure my burning feet and cracked toenails is it a fungus?

How do I cure my burning feet and cracked toenails is it a fungus?

Rash: Might be. You need to go to your doctor or a dermatologist to have your skin evaluated. There are many potential causes of your disorder. ...Read more

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I currently have scaly cut and cracked feet. I'm having pain walking on my feet. I have gone to my primary doctor. She said it's not fungus what to do?

I currently have scaly cut and cracked feet. I'm having pain walking on my feet. I have gone to my primary doctor. She said it's not fungus what to do?

Tinea pdeis: See a podiatrist. Try to moisturizer with soaking in warm water with Epsom salts and apply baby oil and heavy lotion like Keri or luberderm. If not better, see podiatrist or dermatologist ...Read more

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I have some kind of foot fungus it causes daily pain cracked heels and fissures on the bottom of my feet. What would be prescribed? Nystatin cream?

I have some kind of foot fungus it causes daily pain cracked heels and fissures on the bottom of my feet. What would be prescribed? Nystatin cream?

May not be fungus: There are several causes of dry and cracked heels, including fungus. However, dysfunctional glands in the skin can cause it as well and is in fact a more common cause. There are many prescription creams to help with dry and cracked heels, including antifungal medications if it is caused by fungus. ...Read more

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How long does athlete's foot fungus survive on hard dry surfaces?

How long does athlete's foot fungus survive on hard dry surfaces?

See below: Athletes feet / fungal foot infections if left untreated can last for years. Typically oral antifungal meds such as lamisil, (terbinafine) gris peg, Diflucan for 45 days in combination with topical antifungal creams gels or lotions can kill the fungus fairly effectively. Often a bacterial component is present and a antibiotic pill or cream must be added as well. ...Read more

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How long does the athlete's foot fungus live on dry, hard surfaces, like a wooden table or floor? Is it killed by alcohol?

How long does the athlete's foot fungus live on dry, hard surfaces, like a wooden table or floor? Is it killed by alcohol?

Fungus: It is not killed by alcohol. Fungus is a spore forming organism that can live 6 months or more when not in contact with a host. It is susceptible to heat, so steam cleaning will kill it as will lysol and other cleaners. ...Read more

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I have athletes foot and also a terrible dry cough with gagging. Could they be related? Can a foot fungus travel to the lungs if left untreated?

I have athletes foot and also a terrible dry cough with gagging. Could they be related? Can a foot fungus travel to the lungs if left untreated?

Unlikely: Theoretically possible, practically unlikely. The two are most likely unrelated. You should get your athlete foot treated ...Read more

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Hi, my feet are dry and cracking under. My toenails are yellowish with probably fungus. Which doctor do I consult with? Thanks!

Hi, my feet are dry and cracking under. My toenails are yellowish with probably fungus. Which doctor do I consult with? Thanks!

I vote: For foot doctor but a dermatologist is equally qualified and many internists might not mind treating this. ...Read more

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Do I have a foot fungus? How can I get rid of dead peeling skin on my feet? I have very dry feet, the skin on the bottom of my feet have been peeling for as long as I can remember, I tried using a pumice stone, soaking them, getting a pedicure, but noth

There: There are several conditions that can cause peeling of the skin on your feet. Any process that triggers rapid renewal of the epidermis on your feet will contribute to thickened, peeling skin; in many cases this problem is merely due to an occupation that demands a lot of walking or standing.
Your doctor can readily diagnose a fungal infection by obtaining a skin scraping and examining it under a microscope. If this doesn't reveal the cause of your peeling, he/she can investigate for other potential causes (circulation problems, dyshidrosis, ichthyosis, autoimmune disorders, etc.).
If you haven't seen your doctor about this issue yet, I recommend you do so. ...Read more

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What can I do to keep my feet from getting dry and cracked?

What can I do to keep my feet from getting dry and cracked?

See below: Use a good moisturizing cream and use a pumice stone to scrape down the cracked skin. ...Read more

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Extremely dry on feet with cracked skin and sometimes itch. Any suggestions?

Extremely dry on feet with cracked skin and sometimes itch. Any suggestions?

Bag Balm: Bag Balm is available at most drugstores in the skin care department. It comes in a green tin and is normally used for the udders of dairy cows to keep them soft and smooth. Apply it to your feet daily and wear socks after. It may take several weeks to heal but soon your feet will be soft and smooth. I use it in the winter daily. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Hi I wanted to know what can I use for really dry crack feet? More like my heels cause is very dry and crack. Please help.

Hi I wanted to know what can I use for really dry crack feet? More like my heels cause is very dry and crack. Please help.

Vaseline: You may try using Vaseline ointment or vegetable shortening (yes, home remedy) at night and wrap your feet with plastic wrap when you go to sleep. Wearing socks would be fine also. If your feet do not improve after a few weeks, then you may need to see your doctor ...Read more

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What should I do about dry cracked feet?

What should I do about dry cracked feet?

Lotion daily.: Skin is mostly water. As it dries, it shrinks and cracks. Use a good cream daily. If that is not adequate, an rx containing urea is very helpful. See your foot specialist if problems persists. ...Read more

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What do you use for dry cracked skinon feet?

What do you use for dry cracked skinon feet?

If not tinea: If there is no infection, try crisco daily to the area. ...Read more

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How can I improve dry feet and cracked heels?

How can I improve dry feet and cracked heels?

Moisturize them: If regular moisturizer is not working try going to sleep with Saran wrap on the feet under a sock after applying the moisturizer. Alternatively a high concentration urea cream is often helpful. (over 40%). ...Read more

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What's a good way to prevent and treat cracked and dry feet?

What's a good way to prevent and treat cracked and dry feet?

Optimize hydration: Make sure you are good about using a good emollient cream/lotion. You make consider using something with lactic acid, urea or alpha hydroxy acids as these chemicals help reduce the excessively thick skin that covers the feet. One nice tip is to place lotion on the feet prior to sleeping and then place cotton socks on to help improve the penetration of the lotion/creams! ...Read more

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I have severely dry cracked feet. What are some at home remedy's I can try that might help?

I have severely dry cracked feet. What are some at home remedy's I can try that might help?

Lotion: Try a good moisturizing lotion such as Eucerin or Aveeno (oatmeal). Also use moisturizing soap such as Dove, Tone or Caress. Avoid bathing in very hot water as this dries out the skin. If this doesn't help, see your doctor as you may have eczema, which will need treatment with prescription cortisone cream or ointment. Good luck! ...Read more

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My 4yr olds feet are dry n cracked he's got open wounds with dry blood at the bottoms any suggestions?

My 4yr olds feet are dry n cracked he's got open wounds with dry blood at the bottoms any suggestions?

Clean, moisturizer: Clean his feet. Use moisturizer to soften the skin. Cover open wounds with bandages. Make sure he wears socks and shoes. If it does not heal or he has fever see a doctor. ...Read more

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Actually my skin is so sensitive so my feet are badly cracked and become dry and so hardy. How can I do soften mt feet and remove from cracking?

Actually my skin is so sensitive so my feet are badly cracked and become dry and so hardy. How can I do soften mt feet and remove from cracking?

Skin Emollients: It is very important, especially with the colder weather months ahead, that you care for the skin on your feet. Could be a fungal component too.
The cracks and fissures should be cleansed and sealed. Use skin softening agents and emollients after bathing. Wear socks during slumber with lotion on your feet. Try paraffin bathes. See your podiatrist or dermatologist or endocrinologist.
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What can I do if I have one foot that is dry, scaly and cracked?

What can I do if I have one foot that is dry, scaly and cracked?

Apply moisturizer: And ss if that helps. Fungus may be another etiology so if the moisturizer is not working you can try applying an antifungal. On occasion, it could be a case of eczema as well. ...Read more

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Why am I so prone to extremely dry feet and cracked skin.......my dad had this problem and I'm noticing this on my children too, not yet as bad though?

Why am I so prone to extremely dry feet and cracked skin.......my dad had this problem and I'm noticing this on my children too, not yet as bad though?

? eczema: Eczema and psoriasis are pretty common causes that can be inherited. Typically are treated with moisturizers and sometimes hydrocortisone. Your doctor could confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Very painful spot on my foot the skin is dry/cracked at the spot and it looks black underneath the skin what is this?

Very painful spot on my foot the skin is dry/cracked at the spot and it looks black underneath the skin what is this?

Suspicious.: Any skin lesion, on the foot or not, that is dry, painful and has a black color is to be considered suspicious. It is a simple matter to have it examined by a professional to begin the process of identification. ...Read more

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How can I heal my cracked heels? I am unable to walk now. It begins to heal, then re-cracks & bleeds. My feet get moisturized daily. Get pedicures to prevent dry skin. It’s highly painful.

Acid/ Base.: The skin on the bottom of the feet will crack if the ph (acid/base) has shifted to base. Excessive perspiration will give the skin a bleach smell. Try neutralizing the shift with daily soaks in a vinegar- water mixture. Just two tablespoons of vinegar in enough water to cover your feet. Stop doing anything else. Secondary treatments can slow the shift. Improvement begins in about a week. ...Read more

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I have very dry feet that often crack and peel. What steps should I take to fix this condition? Do I need to see a doctor? Can I treat it myself?

I have very dry feet that often crack and peel. What steps should I take to fix this condition? Do I need to see a doctor? Can I treat it myself?

Creams will help: Dry, thickened, cracked heel skin and foot skin may or may not have some athlete's foot fungus in it. Some people try Lotrimin (clotrimazole) AF cream 2-3 times a day for a couple of weeks, and then switch to a non-medicated cream such as CeraVe, Cetaphil, or Eucerin. If not much improvement, a primary care doctor or a dermatologist can evaluate and offer more recommendations. ...Read more

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Hello my husband has a issue with his feet being dryed cracked and small blisters that are red and when he pops them clear fluids come out and itchy?

Hello my husband has a issue with his feet being dryed cracked and small blisters that are red and when he pops them clear fluids come out and itchy?

Dyshidrosis: Dyshidrosis is a form of eczema that can cause small, itchy blisters on the feet and they can peel over time. It is treated with topical steroid ointments usually. See a dermatologist to check for this versus a fungal infection and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Why are my feet so ugly and dry cracked heels I maintaine my feet all the time and moisturise them with eura cream as soon as I stop soaking it's back?

Why are my feet so ugly and dry cracked heels I maintaine my feet all the time and moisturise them with eura cream as soon as I stop soaking it's back?

Flip flops: Wearing flip flops or sandals with open backs is usually the problem. Also walking barefoot on hard surfaces can worsen the issue. Always wear shoes and sandals with closed backs or straps to keep them in place while walking. Using creams such as urea 40% cream and vaseline nightly with cotton socks can help improve the dryness and cracking. See a dermatologist if not improving. ...Read more